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BBC: Britain's GCHQ agency denies wiretapping Donald Trump

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Britain's GCHQ agency denies wiretapping Donald Trump

  • 17 March 2017
  • From the section UK
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Britain's communications intelligence agency GCHQ has issued a statement denying it wiretapped Donald Trump during the US presidential campaign.

The unusual move by the agency came after White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer cited claims first made on US TV channel Fox News earlier this week.

GCHQ responded by saying the allegations were "nonsense, utterly ridiculous and should be ignored".

Mr Trump has claimed that Trump Tower in New York was under surveillance.

'Chain of command'

The GCHQ claims were initially made by former judge Andrew Napolitano.

Mr Spicer quoted Mr Napolitano as saying: "Three intelligence sources have informed Fox News that President Obama went outside the chain of command.

"He didn't use the NSA, he didn't use the CIA, he didn't use the FBI and he didn't use the Department of Justice, he used GCHQ."

A GCHQ spokesman said: "Recent allegations made by media commentator Judge Andrew Napolitano about GCHQ being asked to conduct 'wiretapping' against the then president-elect are nonsense.

"They are utterly ridiculous and should be ignored."


Analysis

By Gordon Corera, security correspondent

It is unusual for GCHQ to comment directly on a report about its intelligence work, normally preferring to stick to the policy of neither confirming nor denying any activity.

But the allegations are so sensitive that the agency clearly felt they could not let them go unchallenged.

Donald Trump's claim that the Obama administration had ordered surveillance on him has generated enormous attention but with so far little evidence to back it up.

And British intelligence is clearly determined to avoid being drawn into what is an increasingly toxic row in Washington.


A Senate committee has concluded that there are "no indications" Trump Tower was under surveillance by the US government before or after the election.

The statement from Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Burr dismissed Mr Trump's claim his phones were tapped.

Mr Trump had accused his predecessor Barack Obama of wiretapping Trump Tower during the presidential race.

Mr Spicer said Mr Trump maintained his claims.

Media captionPresident Trump's wiretap saga explained in two minutes

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Policey_Man

Oh dear Lord. We can't believe anything that's coming out of the White House anymore, or even from the President himself.

Obama and May weren't that close and neither was Obama and Cameron, so why any British Prime Minister would agree to get involved is beyond me.... I doubt they would.

What a sad state of affairs to be in. I'm glad I'm not a yank.

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Milankovitch

I don't think it is that far fetched in all honesty, it's well known that various countries use the intelligence apparatus of their allies to circumvent domestic laws regarding surveillance and so on.

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obsidian_eclipse

It's not beyond the realms of possibility that there was some spying going on. Mi5 could be tapping this very forum, right now..

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Smiley Culture
Mi5 could be tapping this very forum, right now..

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Well, if it saves them having to pay the subscription fee...

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On 17/03/2017 at 20:32, obsidian_eclipse said:

It's not beyond the realms of possibility that there was some spying going on. Mi5 could be tapping this very forum, right now..

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Pretty sure MI5 have better things to be doing given their ever decreasing budget. They must be bored to death if they read this forum. 

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Cathedral Bobby

There is no need to wiretap Trump, just wait a bit and he will tweet it anyway. I look forward to the one that reads "I am out of here, the job gets in the way of watching Fox news, playing golf and grabbing women's p*****"

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